Just like Jonah, we all make
plans that God seemingly interrupts. Isn't it funny how we say that we
trust God but we get upset with Him when He interrupts our plans? We often want
to take big steps when the blessing is truly in the baby steps along the way.
Sometimes we want to go our own way doing our own thing. But when that doesn't
work, we want to call upon God's name. Now come on, don't we sometimes also run
in a different direction than God's instructions? Oh wait, you always do the
right thing at the right time, right? I chuckle.
I took a Focus Study based on Priscilla Shirer's book entitled, "Jonah: Navigating a Life Interrupted". How interesting it was to see how I too have received clear instructions from God and ran in disobedience. Let's look at what God told Jonah in Jonah 1:2, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.” What would you do if God told you to go and cry out against a city or a gang or a group that is clearly doing things against God's Will? Would you go? Many of us would flee just at Jonah did in Jonah 1:3, "But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord." Wow, he was really intent on not doing as God said. As Jonah's story continues, we see in chapter 2 where his life went through a storm and he cried out to God for deliverance; preached at Nineveh in chapter 3 and became angry with God in chapter 4.
Ask yourself if you are still angry with God about something that you thought should have happened but didn't happen. Do you have an ungracious heart? Did someone get a blessing that you don't think they deserve? I think we've all had plans that were interrupted by God. But guess what? God does not make mistakes and always knows what's best for us. Jeremiah 29:11 reminds us, "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." So, What Are Your Plans?
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